Duncans in Montgomery Co. TN


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised May 26, 2009

Formed 1796 from Tennessee County
Dickson formed 1803 from Montgomery, Robertson
Stewart formed 1803 from Montgomery
Cheatham formed 1856 from Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery


1830 Montgomery Co. TN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Montgomery Co. TN Census
Pg.282  Mark (Mash) B. Duncan   0303,0000,1   - 1020,0001
   284  John S. Duncan          2000,1        - 0000,1

1850 Montgomery Co. TN Census (and from Roy Hall 2/1989)
Page numbers without parens are stamped page numbers, within parens are handwritten numbers
Pg.155 (310), #311, D.H. DUNCAN (m) 29 TN farmer $400
                  Joanna 70 VA
                  Elijah 18, Elisha 18 TN
                  Hesekiah 15, Malissa 13 TN
                  (MAD: David H. Duncan and Mark P. Duncan family)
Pg.159 (317), #363, E.C. DYCUS (m) 29 KY physician $0
                  Atalanta 26 VA
                  Frances J. 8/12 TN
                  T.D. PORTER (m) 32 KY druggist
                  F.A. DYCUS (m) 26 KY student
                  W.K. CUMMINS (m) 30 SC merchant
Pg.231 (461), #1429 E.C. DYCUS (m) 30 KY physician $0
                  Atalanta G. 25 VA
                  David T. PORTER 22 TN druggist $650
                  Francis A. (m) DYCUS 27 KY (blank)
                  Francesca (f) 7/12 TN
                  (MAD: E.C. Dycas mar. Atalantus G. Duncan 5/1/1849)
Pg.245 (489), #1639, Ann DUNCAN 64 NC (blank) $300 can't read/write
                  Daniel H. 30 TN
                  Litchel (m) 18, Litchee (m) 18 TN
                  Cye 16, Malissa 14 TN
Dists. 1, 2, 3&4
Pg.267 (534), #302, J. KENDRICK (m) 27 NC farmer $2800
                  Nancy 45 NC
                  (MAD: Dennis L. Kendrick mar. Nancy H. Duncan, 10/13/1819 Granville Co. NC)
Pg.271 (542), #366, Richard DUNCAN 30 TN farmer $200
                  Nancy 26 TN
                  Tennessee (f) 2 TN
                  (MAD: 1870 Hamilton Co. IL census)

1860 Montgomery Co. TN Census
Dist. N.&E. Cumberland River
Pg.339 (24), #172, Thomas DUNCAN 21 TN farmer $0-$230 m/in/yr
                  Mary 23 TN mar/in/year
                  Maud 14 TN
Pg.340 (25), #185, H. DUNCAN (m) 26 TN clerk $700-$400
                  L.A. (f) 27 VA
                  S.A. (f) 10/12 TN
                  W.C. HATSELL (m) 8 AR
                  Stephen 5 TN
                  (MAD: Hezekiah Duncan)
Pg.340 (25), #191, D.H. DUNCAN (m) 40 TN farmer $19320-$11070
                  M.J. (f) 38 TN
                  John 8 TN
                  (MAD: Daniel H. Duncan)
Pg.340 (25), #192, Elijah DUNCAN 30 TN farmer $800-$370
                  Eliza 25 TN
                  Ann 6, William 4 TN
Pg.340 (25), #196, Elisha DUNCAN 27 TN farmer $600-$300
                  Lavina 14 TN
                  Franklin 1 TN
                  S. ROWLAND 56 TN laborer $0-$0
Pg.348 (41), #309, R.J. DUNCAN (m) 37 TN farmer $2500-2100
                  Nancy 38 TN
                  Tenn. (f) 11, H.H. 6 (m) TN
                  Hercules 4, William 3 TN
                  (MAD: Richard J. Duncan)
Pg.358 (9), #59, Wm. WARE 50 NY waggoning $0-$20,000
                  Apphia (f) 34 KY
                  Mildred 18 IL
                  A.A. (f) 16 MA? (ME?)
                  Saml. 15, Mary 12 ME
                  Agness 4 KY
                  J.B. DUNCAN (m) 63 VA Baptist Minister
                  Bettie CLARK (f) 12 TN
                  (MAD: John B. Duncan, 1850 Lauderdale Co. TN census)
Pg.358, #??, J.D. DUNCAN 21 (m) indexed by Sistler pg.358, not found.
Pg.365 (23), #145, W.D. RARICK (m) 32 OH bootmaker $0-$0
                  Mary 22 IL
                  Libbie (f) 2 IA?
                  Geo. BAKER 7 KY apprentice
                  J.H. DUNCAN (m) 38 TN bootmaker $0-$0
                  Isabella 22 KY
                  Eliza 16, Alex 14 TN
                  Tennessee (f) 12, A.C. (f) 6 TN
                  Thos. M.F. 4 TN
                  (MAD: one James H. Duncan mar. Isabella D?. Botkins 3/16/1843 Cannon Co. TN but Isabella's age plainly 22 here; see 1850 Rutherford Co. TN census)

1870 Montgomery Co. TN Census
District 3, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.207, #2-2, WILSON, Jns. (m) 36 TN white farmer $6000-$1500
                  Martha 39 TN keeping house
                  Josephine (f) 16, Tillian (m) 9 TN
Pg.207, #2-3, DUNCAN, S. (m) 25 TN BLACK farm hand
                  Millie 25 TN BLACK keeping house
                  Charles 11, Lewis 7 TN BLACK
District 4, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.234-235, #178-178, DUNCAN, T.J. (m) 30 TN (white) minister $5000-$200
                  Mary 32 TN keeping house
                  Irene 9 TN
                  Hiram 8, Starkey (m) 6 TN
                  B. ("f") 3, C. (f) 1 TN
                  DUNCAN, Jno. 18 TN (white) (blank)
                  EDWARDS, D. (f) 69 VA BLACK cook
                  (MAD: 1880 Maury Co. TN census; Starkey Duncan in 1900 Davidson Co. TN)
District 5, P.O. Port Royal
Pg.244, #24-24, NOEL, Bob 59 VA BLACK domestic servant $0-$0
                  Jane 35 TN BLACK keeping house
                  Bob 1 TN BLACK at home
                  DUNCAN, Solomon 8 TN BLACK attends school
Pg.254, #166-170, ROSSEN, Lucy 49 KY (white) keeping house $0-$500
                  George P. 25 TN farmer $0-$500
                  John T. 19 TN works on farm $0-$100
                  Ann C. 15 TN attends school
                  DUNCAN, James H. 45 TN (white) "no occupation"
District 7, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.278, #48-55, DUNCAN, Ann 36 VA BLACK keeping house $0-$0
                  T. (f) 16 TN BLACK at home
                  Semantha (f) 8 TN BLACK at home
                  Retta (f) 1 TN BLACK
Pg.283, #107-124, DUNCAN, Jno. 52 SCT (white) painter $1500-$600, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 39 TN keeping house
                  Jane 7, William 4 TN father of foreign birth
District 8, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.293, #44-47, DUNCAN, J.T. (m) 54 TN (white) sawyer $0-$400
                  Nancy 24 TN keeping house
                  Mary 16 TN (blank) (age as given)
District 9, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.311, #74-74, DUNCAN, H. (m) 36 TN (white) farmer $0-$1000
                  Lucy 39 VA keeps house $800-$0
                  Sam 10, Annie 8 TN
                  Mark (m) 6, Hervey (m) 3 TN
                  Edna 7/12 TN b.Nov.
                  HATRELL, Chas. 19 AR (white) farm hand
                  Stephen 15 AR farm hand
                  DUNCAN, M. (f) 43 TN (white) at home
                  Jas. (m) 24 TN clk in store
District 12 of Clarksville
Pg.371, #557-593, DUNCAN, John 40 KY BLACK laborer $0-$100
                  Eliza 22 TN MULATTO Kg. house
                  Willie (m) 8 TN BLACK
                  SMITH, Pat (m) 22 KY BLACK
District 12, P.O. Clarksville
Pg.412, #1073-1132, HAGERSNEUR?, G. 30 VA (white) Proff $2500-$1500
                  Susan 27 VA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, H. (f) 45 TN MULATTO cook
                  Arthur 50 TN BLACK laborer
                  Joe 13, Betsie 9 TN BLACK at home
                  SHERER, Danl. 47 TN (white) "none"
District 19, P.O. Corbandale
Pg.484, #125-125, DINKINS, Lewis 30 TN BLACK farmer $170-$200
                  Betsy 36 TN BLACK keeping house
                  Moses 6, Lewis 6 TN BLACK
                  Sarah 3, Charles 2 TN BLACK
                  MURPHY, Henderson 18 TN (m) BLACK farm hand


Montgomery Co. TN Wills, Inventories, Settlements
      Books A, B, C - no Duncan (FHL film 321,044)
      Books D, E - no Duncan (FHL film 321,045)
      Books I, J - no Duncan (FHL film 321,046)


Montgomery Co. TN Deed Indexes (FHL film 320,851 and some from Louis Boone 8/1989)
      (LB: previous listed deeds not entered here, stopped 1870)
      A-56: Martin Duncan from Bazel Boren
      A-335: Martin Duncan from George Bell
      A-392: William Duncan from F. Johnson
      B-52: Martin Duncan to Andrew Irwine?
      M-543: Elizabeth Duncan from Wm. Hawkins
      R-397: John F\T. Duncan to Wm. Overton, trustee
      T-440: Daniel Duncan from Felon Parker, trustee
      Y-28: Daniel Duncan to J. Clarkey?
      Y-682: Daniel Duncan from Soloman Weatherford
      Z-709: D.H. Duncan from Thomas Davis
      Z-724: D.H. Duncan to James Harris
      Z-771: Richard J. Duncan from Layfette Munister?
      1-200: Richard J. Duncan from D.H. Duncan
      1-593: Daniel Duncan from Bingham Fries
      2-210: D.H. Duncan to R.I. Duncan
      2-425: Richard J. Duncan from John W. Shelby
      2-533: D.H. Duncan to John Watwood?
      3-430: R.J. Duncan to John W. Shelton
      4-229: D.H. Duncan to R.J. Duncan
      4-277: Richard J. Duncan from D.H. Duncan
      4-628: Daniel H. Duncan from T.L. Adams
      4-650: D.H. Duncan and wife E. to Joseph Reynolds
      4-760: D.H. Duncan and L. Cooper to Vincent Ferrell
      4-762: R.J. Duncan from W.E. Newell
      5-159: Elijah Duncan from W.E. Lewis, 1857-59
      5-528: R.J. Duncan to James Smith
      5-689: Daniel H. Duncan to Joseph Prater?
      6-144: Daniel H. Duncan to John Fox, 1858-59
      6-297: Daniel H. Duncan to John Shelby
      6-300: Daniel H. Duncan to R.A. Taylor
      6-305: W.B. Duncan from T.W. Wisdom
      6-410: Daniel H. Duncan to John M. Nibbets
      6-556: Daniel H. Duncan to Henry Hudson
      7-37: Daniel H. Duncan to H. Duncan, 1859-61
      8-75: D.H. Duncan to Elizabeth Pound?, 1861-62
      8-378/9: D.H. Duncan and D.H. Duncan to James Halgood
      9-712: John Duncan from John Smith, Others, 1865-66
      ??: D.H. Duncan and Thomas C? Duncan to D.H. Duncan (MAD: book 9-11?)
      10-299: Miss Mary E. Duncan from Lew? H. Johnson, 1866-67
      12-156: E. and H. Duncan to F. Crowder, 1869-70
      12-174: H.D. Duncan to H.C. Shelton
      12-181/2: D.H. Duncan to Wm. Griffy?
      12-297/8: Miss Lucy A. Duncan from Mary C. & John J. Suyden?
      12-307: Lucy A. Duncan to H.P.? Duncan
      12-535: James Duncan? to R.H. Walker
      (LB: skipped some Daniel H. Duncan and D.H. Duncan deeds that appeared to be repeated)

Montgomery Co. TN Deeds
      A-56: 18 June 1791, Bazel Boran of Tennessee Co., Ter. South of River Ohio, to Martin Duncan, £100, 120 acres on Sulphur Fork of the Red? (Nix?) River, part of 360 acre NC grant #12 to Adam Hampton 8 Oct. 1787. No wit. (name of river looked like it ended with an "x" instead of a "d", first letter could have been a sloppy "N" or "R") (FHL film 320,857)
      A-335: 27 Jan. 1795, George Bell of Tennessee Co., Ter. South of River Ohio, to Martin Duncan of same, £100, 150 acres on N. fork of Red River east of Evan Shelby's claim, incl. a spring near the head of a branch. No wit. (FHL film 320,857)
      A-392: 8 May 1794, Thomas Johnson of Tennessee Co., Ter. South of River Ohio, to William Duncan of same, $100, 100 acres at the head of Phillips pond, corner of Johnson's tract, part of 640 acre grant #2314 to said Thomas Johnson 20 May 1793. No wit. (FHL film 320,857)
      B-52: 22 July 1797, Thomas Duncan (sic) of Robertson Co. TN to Andrew Irvin of same, £100, 150 acres on N. side of Red River, east of Evan Shelby's. /s/ Martin Duncan. (FHL film 320,857)
      M-543: 12 June 1832, William S. Hawkins of town of Clarksville, TN, for esteem and regard for Eliza Duncan of same, daughter of James Duncan, and $1, yoke of work oxen and yoke. Wit. Charles Bailey, John W. Prouty. (FHL film 320,861)
      R-397: 24 Feb. 1840, John T/F. Duncan of Montgomery Co. trust deed to William Overton, horse, cattle, etc. Duncan owes Michael Tyon/Tyre $30 by note 1 Jan. 1841, security Young Roberts. (FHL film 320,863)
      T-440: 4 March 1834, Felon Parker to Daniel Duncan, trust deed, personal property; Parker owes Michael Fyer/Tyer $238. (FHL film 320,865)
      Y-28: 25 May 1847, Daniel Duncan trust deed to Jonathan Stackey, 100 acres in Dist. 8 on Wm. Frazier's line, and personal property; Duncan owes Noah McGregor $200 on 25 Dec. 1841? and another note. No wit. (FHL film 320,866)
      Y-682: 16 Dec. 1848, Solomon Wetherford to Daniel Duncan, $250, all my claim (to) estate of my father, negro man Paul about 23, negro woman Mary about 24, and 3 children from 1 to 5 years. Wit. W.E. Newell, Asa W. Edward. (FHL film 320,866)
      Z-709: 14 Jan. 1851, Thomas Davis of Christian Co. KY to D.H. Duncan of Montgomery Co. TN, $50, 5 acres on Blooming Grove Creek that I purchased of Henry Coalman. (FHL film 320,867)
      Z-724: 21 Jan. 1851, D.H. Duncan to James Harris, $55, above land. (FHL film 320,967)
      1-593: 11 Nov. 1852, Bingham Trice to Daniel Ducan (sic), $166, 100 acres in Dist. 8, land purchased of William Frazier by Marck P. Duncan in his lifetime. Wit. Peter Oneal, B.B. Hackney. (FHL film 320,868)
      2-210: 30 May 1850, D.H. Duncan to Richard J. Duncan, $95, 95 acres in Dist. 4 on Brushey Fork of Piney Fork of West Fork of Red River, on Newell's corner, Smith's corner, Power's corner. Wit. B.R. Dye, Eligay Duncan. (FHL film 320,868)
      3-429: 22 Nov. 1853, John W. Shelby to R.J. Duncan, $425, slave woman "Tempy." (FHL film 320,869)
      3-430: 22 Nov. 1853, Richard J. Duncan to John W. Shelton, both Montgomery Co. TN, $300, 50 acres in Dist.4 adj. Wm. E. Newells corner, bank of a branch; wit. Elijah (X) Duncan, Young (X) Babee. (FHL film 320,869)
            MAD: Richard Duncan had a KY land grant "south of Walker's line" of 15-1/4 acres, recorded book 6, pg.434, 1-29-1855, in Montgomery Co. on the Elk Fork, indexed on pg.909 in "The KY Land Grants" by Willard R. Jillson, 1925.
            MAD: David H. Duncan had a KY land grant "south of Walker's line" of 400 acres, recorded Book 7, pg.121, 12-12-1856, in Montgomery Co. on the Blooming Grove Creek, indexed on pg.909 in "The KY Land Grants" by Willard R. Jillson, 1925.
      4-279: 5 Jan. 1856, D.H. Duncan to Richard J. Duncan, $150, 50 acres by survey in Dist. 4 adj. Gray's corner, Ferle's line, Ramsey's corner and line. (FHL film 320,869)
      4-650: 24 June 1856, D.H. Duncan and wife Margaret J. Duncan formerly Margaret Calder formerly Margaret Langston, to Joseph Reynolds, $218, 2 lots of 1 acre each deeded from William Langston to Margaret Colder now Duncan 7 Sept. 1846 W-635. No wit. (FHL film 320,869)
      4-759: 26 Oct. 1855, Samson Hart to Levi Cooper and D.H. Duncan jointly, $500, 150 acres in Dist. 9 (desc. not copied). Wit. Hesekiah Duncan, Elisha Duncan. (FHL film 320,869)
      4-760: 7 Oct. 1856, Daniel H. Duncan and Levi Cooper to Vincent Ferrell, $750, land (deed 4-759). No wit. (FHL film 320,869)


Go to the Montgomery Co. TN Court Records


Stewart Co. TN Deed (FHL film 554,334; from Estelle Horn to Tamra Duncan to MAD)
      18-183: 13 July 1853, Jesse Smith to D.H. Duncan of Montgomery Co., $489 paid as follows: $140 in good trade balance cash, land in Stewart Co. #1, 163-1/4 acres, Hobart Wilson east boundary. Wit. J. Roberts, John T. Duncan.

HISTORIES before 1923

1886 "History of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham, Houston Cos. TN" by Goodspeed (FHL book 976.8 H2ha Vol.7; and from Evelyn Sigler 12/1983)
      Montgomery Co.: No Duncan biographical sketch.
      Pg.751: Capt. DeMonBreum, native of France, here as early as 1775. In 1777 found party of seven pioneers at Deacon's Ford near Palmyra. William Brown of party had been run over by herd of buffaloes and died. Others in DeMonBreum's party were James Ferguson and John Duncan.
      Pg.797: Spring Creek Church organized July, 1831. Rev. Mr. Duncan was 4th preacher, served until Civil War started.
      Pg.1063, Montgomery Co.: J.D. Kendrick, an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of the 4th Dist., is the son of Dennis L. and Nancy H. (Duncan) Kendrick. D.L. Kendrick was a native of [Granville Co.] NC and died there. Mrs. Kendrick immigrated to TN in 1826, and settled in the 4th Dist., where she died Dec. 3, 1868, and where her body was laid to rest in the Kendrick burying-ground. She was the mother of 3 children: Lucy A., J.H. and J.D. J.H. Kendrick died in 1885 and was buried beside his mother. J.D. Kendrick was born January 17, 1822, in NC and came to TN with his mother. In the year 1864 he was married to Miss Frances J. Johnson, who was a native of NC. ...
      Pg.1106, Montgomery Co.: W.D. Taylor is the son of W.H. and Lucinda (Duncan) Taylor, and was born April 19, 1835, in [Lincoln Co.] KY. W.H. Taylor was a native of KY, and in early life was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Duncan, also of KY. To them were born 9 children, five of whom are living, viz.: Nancy M., John, W.D., Josephine and Lou. W.H. Taylor, the father of our subject, died in Missouri while starting to cross the plains. Mrs. Taylor also died in Missouri in the year 1862. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject was reared on the farm ... in 1865 he married Miss Jennie Mallory, of this State, daughter of Rev. S.S. Mallory, ... During the late civil war he enlisted in the 34th MO Reg. ... then into an infantry regiment under Col. Clark, and was with this regiment until 1865, when he came to this State and married his present wife. ....

1885-1888 "KY, a History of the State" 1st? Edition 1885; 9 Editions (volumes), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Pg.223-4, Marshall Co. ELIJAH C. DYCUS, MD, now among the pioneers of Marshall Co., is a son of John and Nancy (Isaacs) Dycus; both parents natives of KY, both born in 1797. They removed to Edmonson Co. to the Purchase in 1830, and that year settled near the village of Briensburg, Marshall Co. John Dycus was a farmer and civil officer, and died when about 47 years old. His widow survived him many years, and died in 1877. Dr. E.C. Dycus is the 3rd child of a family of 11 born to these parents. He was born in 1820 in Hart Co. KY, and was age 10 when the father came to Marshall Co., then Calloway. ... Dr. Dycus began his practice in 1846 ... Dr. Dycus was married in New Providence [Montgomery Co.], TN, in 1849, to Miss Atlanta G. Duncan, dau. of James W. and Ann Duncan, of (MAD: Accomack Co.) VA. They have a family of seven children: Francesca J., John W., Ella C., Ann Eliza, Emmett C., Emma G. and Mary A. Dycus. ...

1884 "Historical and Biographical Record of Todd Co. KY" by J.H. Battle (Los Angeles Public Library book 976.91 T636Ba)
      Pg.244-245, Kirkmansville Precinct: JAMES D. DUNCAN, tobacco merchant, was born in 1845, in Montgomery Co. TN. His parents were D.H. and Mary L. (Brake) Duncan, natives of Tennessee. The father was a tobacco merchant, a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic order. The mother's death occurred in December, 1873, at the age of fifty-four years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Duncan began business for himself at the age of twenty-five years. Previously he had been interested with his father; he has been a resident of this county since 1871; ... He was married in 1874 to Miss Susan E. Boyd, daughter of Edmond and Elizabeth (Mitchel) Boyd, of Christian Co. KY. Louis, Forrest, Florence and Mallie are their children. Mrs. Duncan was first married to Richard Boyd, of Christian County; his death occurred February 19, 1871. Wallace, Lulu and Henry were their children.

1911 "Historical Review of AR" by Fay Hempstead, 3 vol. (SUTRO book F411 H485, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and from Evelyn Sigler)
      Vol.3 p.1321-2: WILLIAM H. DUNCAN ... citizen of Harrisburg ... head of the firm of W.H. Duncan & Co ... one of foremost merchants of this part of Poinsett Co. A son of John Duncan, he was born July 4, 1868, in TN, near Clarksville [Montgomery Co.], of Scotch Ancestry. His grandfather, William Duncan, was born and bred in Scotland, there learned the trade of carpet making. He subsequently moved to Sheffield, England, and there spent the closing years of his life. He reared five children, as follows: Robert, who died in Nashville, [Davidson Co.] TN; William passed away in Sheffield, England; James, deceased, was for many years connected with the White Line of steamships plying between Liverpool and New York; John, the father of William H.; and Sarah, who married W.F. Allison, and lived in Quincy, Massachusetts.
      John Duncan was born in 1818, near Glasgow, Scotland. In 1838, as a sailor lad, he came to the United States on a sailing vessel, being four months without seeing land. The vessel drifted down to the West Indies, and near Santiago, Cuba, was picked up by another vessel and directed to New Orleans, where its passengers were finally landed. Leaving the other passengers in that city, or many of them, John Duncan took a boat for Nashville [Davidson Co.], arriving there at about the same time as did the Quapaw Indians, who were being transferred to their new home in the West. He continued northward to St. Louis, but soon returned to TN and visited Nashville, then a town of four hundred inhabitants, but finally located at Clarksville, TN. In 1880 he moved with his family to Little Rock AR ... spent his last days in Harrisburg, AR, passing away in 1902. He married Mary E. Johnson, who was born in TN, a dau of Len Johnson, a Virginian by birth and the descendant of a prominent Colonial family of the U.S. She died at Little Rock, AR in 1884, leaving two children, namely: Jennie, wife of M.D. Simmons, a leading druggist of Harrisburg; and William H., with whom this sketch is chiefly concerned.
      Accompanying his parents on their journey from Clarksville, TN, to Little Rock, AR, William H. Duncan, then a lad of 12 years; to Harrisburg, AR, in 1884; after his marriage Mr. Duncan entered into business with his father-in-law & for 12 years was member of mercantile firm of T.A. Stone & Co.; subsequently founded business W.H. Duncan & Co. On Nov. 15, 1893, Mr. Duncan married Minnie Stone, a dau. of T.A. Stone, one of the early pioneers of Poinsett Co. Five children have blessed the union of Mr. & Mrs. Duncan, namely: Lorens, Lura, Lucy, Thomas and Robert. William H. Duncan's father was a courier during the Civil War for the Confederacy. William H. is an uncompromising Democrat ... a Mason ... Methodist Episcopal church, South.


"CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE" Volume 65, No. 16, Nashville, TN, April 21, 1904 [General Organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South] (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2006; see also Limestone Co. TX)
      Rev. T.J. Duncan was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., May 27, 1839; was converted and joined the Church in August 1862; was licensed to preach in 1864; entered the traveling connection in the fall of 1866; and died January 27, 1904. His several appointments were as follows: In the Tennessee Conference, Dover, 1866-67; Lineport, 1867-69; Montgomery, 1869-70; Cedar Hill, 1870-74; New Providence and Bethel, 1874-77; Oliver and Pleasant Valley, 1877-78; Pulaski, 1878-79; Columbia, 1879-83; Columbia District, 1883-87; Shelbyville District, 1887-90; North High Street, Nashville, 1890-91; and Columbia Station, 1892-93. In the Los Angeles Conference, presiding elder of the Los Angeles District three years. In the Northwest Texas Conference, Taylor, two years; Mexia, two years, and in Ennis he had entered his fourth year when called from labor to reward. He represented the Tennessee Conference at Richmond, Va., in 1886, and in St. Louis in 1890. These simple figures and facts tell the story of an earnest, consecrated life and give to us its scope and activities. But facts and figures cannot impart to us the delicate character and the exquisite personality of Thomas Jefferson Duncan. To understand him thus was to come into touch with his presence and to feel the generous impulses of his great heart and his noble spirit. In person he was slightly above medium size, inclined to be fleshy, with a splendid head, a twinkling eye, and an amiable face, wonderfully expressive of his thoughts and feelings. As a man he had the courage of a lion and the gentleness of a woman; as a Christian he had a genuine experience, rooted in convictions as deep as his nature and as broad as his manhood, and his integrity had within it the solidarity of granite; as a preacher he was tender, original, importunate, interspersed now and then with a genuine flash of humor, and deeply spiritual; and as a friend and brother he was warm, confiding, unselfish, and abiding. He hated sin with an intense hatred, but he loved all mankind. He never took halfway positions on any subject, but went his whole length after having made up his mind that a given course of conduct was right and proper. You always knew where to find him when the truth as he understood it was up for discussion. And he knew how to differ from the brethren without carrying that difference into personal grievance and misunderstanding. He entertained no malice and never allowed the sun to go down upon his anger. Good natured, genial, witty, well informed, affectionate, he was ready to give and take and remain your brother still. In his home, in the private circle, and out in the great world, he exerted an influence as sweet as the music of song and as fragrant as the perfume of flowers. There was nothing gloomy in his religion or depressing in his spirit; on the contrary his face was always an expression of jubilant triumph in his voice and countenance. His whole nature bubbled over with kindness and his manner and words scattered sunshine all around him. He was always in love with God and mankind. He attracted to him the old and the young and little children flocked about him in the exuberance of childish glee. He was an eminently wise man. There was no foolishness in his character, and in all his relations his one object was to glorify his Master and bring people to a knowledge of the truth. He did his work in the pastorate and in the pulpit eminently well. He knew when to speak and what to say. His sermons were the essence of the gospel. They convicted sinners, strengthened believers, and comforted saints. In the inner circles of grief and sorrow he was wonderfully gifted with the power to soothe the wounded spirit and to solace the broken-hearted. The tenderness of his nature went out to the distressed and the bereaved. But as a husband and a father his devotion and love knew no bounds. In that inner sacred circle where the outside world did not gaze he was well nigh worshipped. The wealth of his heart exhausted its munificent resources upon those who stood related to him as wife and children. How they loved him and how he loved them! I have never seen more display of genuine affection than this man manifested in his domestic circle. To come within its sphere and enjoy its warmth, as I have done, is a benediction. Therefore, such a life as the one lived by Brother Duncan is worthy of our emulation. He lived, he wrought, and he died well. Behind him there is no darkness, and around his grave is the light of an inextinguishable hope. We shall meet him again under brighter skies, beside purer streams, and amid gardens whose foliage and flowers will know no frost blight for evermore. Goodbye, brother, friend, companion, noble old warrior, till we strike hands again beyond the murky waters of the turbid river.
      [by] G. C. RANKIN.


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